Hi I was living in the NCH at Panal Ash Road between 1963 -1966. I lived in a house where two women seemed to run it called: Sister Milly and Miss Faith, for some reason I believe it was number eight that I lived at and it was the last house in the row facing what appeared then to be an extensive length of field, in addition the back of the house was situated at the edge of a field and woodland.
I was very young at the time and lived there with my brother. I had two other older brothers and a sister, all of us of mixed race origin, they lived in another house which I believe was ran by Sister/Miss Sylvia. I see that some of you refer to an 'Aunty Sylvia and I am assuming this is the same person?
I can't remember any of the other children in our house although I know there was as I shared a room with at least one other child, I also remember there being a boys room. I clearly remember going to nursery school, that if I recall correctly was situated in the grounds of the home. I remember going to church which again I believe was within the grounds. I can recall starting infant school in Yorkshire, and being mini bussed there and back, but left sometime afterwards as I imagine plans for being adopted fell through.
I can recall that when you entered into the grounds, houses along the left side which
Sister/Miss Sylvia ran one of them, had alotments or gardening areas to the back of some,
as I recall picking gooseberries with my brother there, besides going on an old time swing that sat several people, in a row, and what I can only describe as a boat shape, where two older kids at either end would have to stand up and work it. I also remember there was a dog called Buster that may too have belonged to Sister/Miss Sylvia's house or the official person who I believe oversaw all of the houses. This was a male who had much admiration for my eldest brother's skill in cricket.
I recall a sickbay where we as children with chickenpocks etc were sent for quarantine. I remember a concrete play area between the row of houses as you enter into the grounds and the row of houses which I lived at the end of, it made a kind of 'L' shape and within this area I believe the overseer of the homes may have resided too, or something of importance was there?
I have fond memories of deep snow and sledges and Christmas was amazing with real stockings, satsumas, nuts and sweets, besides being captivated by the Christmas tree lights etc. I actually have very happy memories of the earliest part of my childhood spent in Yorkshire, but then my brother and I were taken to London. West Yorkshire became a distant memory that I am unable to forget. At the very least it gave me a concrete foundation built on love enabling me to live out my years to come.
The person who said they are still in touch with Miss Sylvia who is apparently still in Harrogate,
could you contact me through this sight as I would really like to know if it is her and if other staff are still alive.
It is a lovely surprise to have found this site since my memories go back many years and I have never met or heard of anyone else, besides family, who have lived in what I understand now to be Fairfield NCH